Alberobello in Puglia, famous for its unique white Trulli, is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a memorable and charming travel experience. This little village offers a magical atmosphere, especially if you love photography, history, and incredible food!
I’ve always had a soft spot for Puglia. With its white beaches, gorgeous piazzas, and endless olive groves, it’s one of my all-time favorite Italian destinations.
But there’s something about the cute town of Alberobello that’s just special.
Dating back as far as the 14th century, this Apulian hotspot is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of historical charm.
Seriously, whether you focus your time on the famous Trullo Church, the unique conical-roofed houses that line the streets, or the many incredible restaurants, this place will find its way into your heart.
Although Alberobello is relatively small, I’ve found that traveling around any Italian town with a handy list of tips and must-visit attractions is always a huge help.
Trust me. If you’re traveling around Puglia and only have a few hours to spare for each town, you don’t want to fill your itinerary with fluff!
Now let’s dive in and build your perfect trip to Alberobello!
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A bit about the Trulli in Alberobello
I won’t dive too much into the history of Alberobello. But you need to know a bit about trulli, as they are its main attraction. And they are what makes this town so unique not only in Italy but in the entire world.
Trulli are small local swellings with stone walls and unique conical roofs.
It’s believed that these whitewashed conical-roofed buildings were first constructed back in the mid-14th century.
And they’ve been a characteristic part of Alberobello’s history ever since!
They were originally used as shelters, storage huts, and homes. But they grew into one of the most complex forms of tax evasion that Italy has ever seen.
As trulli could be easily dismantled if the law came knocking, Alberobello wasn’t considered a proper settlement area until 1797, when feudal rule under the Earls of Conversano was abolished.
The houses took approximately 6 months to rebuild each time a tax collector appeared. But the subjects of Alberobello saved a pretty penny thanks to their trusty trulli!
Is Alberobello worth visiting?
With its fascinating history, enchanting streets, and unique architecture, Alberobello is worth a morning of anyone’s time.
And it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, so it’s a must-visit spot if you want to conquer them all!
It’s increasingly popular with tourist crowds in recent years thanks to the rise of Instagram and other social media platforms.
But you should still be able to embrace the local culture without jostling elbows with too many other visitors.
10 Best things to do in Alberobello
1. Walk around Rione Monti
The Monti district is essentially the center of the old town, packed with gorgeous trulli houses.
This incredible “trulli district” is home to over 1000 whitewashed buildings. And almost all of them have been converted into artisan shops, museums, or places of interest over the years.
As you might expect, this part of town is always full of tourists.
But you can still spend a few hours appreciating the narrow streets, picturesque conical rooftops, and local vendors who will likely invite you into their souvenir shops.
There are plenty of Instagram-worthy spots around Rione Monti. One of our favorite things is to spot the best angles to take pictures.
You can also search out the slightly more elusive trulli bars, ideal for trying local wines or handmade pasta.
And when the summertime heat starts to bear down, stopping for a scoop of gelato (or three!) is a must.
I love La Bottega del Gelato but just opt for the one with the shortest queue if you’re in a hurry!
To avoid the worst of the tourist rush, arrive early in the morning or just before sunset.
As a heads up, some souvenir shops or coffee shops will display signs saying “Terrazza Panoramica” or “Panorama.”
These stores will allow you to go on their rooftops to admire the panoramic views over the town.
There’s only one catch – you need to buy something first!
2. Visit Rione Aia Piccola
Some people ignore Rione Aia Piccola when visiting Alberobello, but I honestly feel they’re missing out.
It’s the residential part of town. This gives it a far more laid-back and authentic feel than you’ll get in Rione Monte. This is partly because there are no shops. But it’s also because it’s where the locals hang out.
And hey – it still boasts over 400 trulli on 8 different streets, so there are plenty of classic conical rooftops!
You can start a conversation with a few locals if you’re even remotely competent in Italian. Some of them might even invite you in to see their homes to take a look around.
Even if you’re useless with the language, throw a few “Buongiorno.” I am sure you’ll get a smile or two!
3. Admire the most spectacular view from Villa Comunale Belvedere
Villa Comunale Belvedere is a stunning viewpoint in Alberobello, tucked right by Via Indipendenza next to a small park.
As well as providing sensational views of the Trulli’s roofs, this spot is full of trees and plant life that lends the area an air of romance.
If you want the best photographs, get here as the sun rises (or sets!) for a breathtaking flush of light over the trulli.
This elusive viewpoint is easy to miss, so follow this Google Maps pin carefully!
4. Trullo Sovrano
Trullo Sovrano is a must-visit spot in Alberobello as it’s the only two-floor trullo in town.
It was originally built in the 17th century by a wealthy priest. Now it’s a local museum that showcases what it was like to live inside a trullo.
You’ll find authentic artifacts and furniture from the 19th century, as well as information outlining how farmers stored their grain and operated day-to-day.
The museum costs just €2 for adults and €1.50 for kids and concessions. It’s open between 10 am and 1:30 pm and 3.30 pm and 7 pm for most of the year, but it closes at 6 pm during the off-season (between November and March). So bear this in mind before heading down for a late-night visit.
5. Take pictures from Belvedere Santa Lucia
For some of the best panoramas in Alberobello, head to Belvedere Santa Lucia.
This viewpoint offers incredible views of the Rione Monte, the conical rooftops of the trulli, and the entire historical center.
It’s the most sought-after spot for photographers. Which is why Dan ended up spending far too many hours here…
It’s not so high that you miss out on the intricacies and whitewashed façades of the trulli, but you’ll still be able to get several shots of the iconic rooftops from this incredible spot.
I recommend getting here as early as possible (before visiting Chiesa di Santa Luca which is right nearby!) because it tends to become busy with tourists as the day wears on.
If you’re struggling to find it, just head toward this pin on Google Maps!
6. Trullo Siamese
Trullo Siamese is one of the most popular buildings in Alberobello. It’s the only trullo in town with two coned rooftops.
This trullo was said to house two brothers who both fell in love with the same woman. Although she was technically betrothed to the elder of the two, she ended up falling for the younger brother.
The brothers tried to coexist under one roof without quarreling, but they quickly split the trullo in half and created a separate back door to keep the peace.
I mean, all’s fair in love and war, right?
The building is free to enter, and there’s a cute gift shop on your way out.
7. Casa D’Amore
If you’re visiting Puglia’s iconic trulli town for a taste of its history, you’ll want to add Casa D’Amore to your list of top things to do in Alberobello.
It’s a historical building built in 1797 by Francesco d’Amore, one of the major figures responsible for ending feudal tyranny in the area.
The exterior is not overly ornate, and you could easily miss it. But it’s important to note that the use of mortar and lime was forbidden under the previous regime.
So, building an entire building made from these materials was an important step forward for the local people.
This spot was also named a national monument in 1930, so it’s certainly worth popping onto your Alberobello itinerary!
To get here, simply follow the directions on Google Maps from wherever you’re based.
8. Trullo Church (Sant’Antonio di Padova’s Church)
The Sant-Antonio di Padova’s Church is the only Trullo church in the world, which makes it a must-see in my book.
Despite only being built in 1927 by Antonio Lippolis, it gives off an otherworldly feel that makes it feel as old as the longstanding trullo that characterize the rest of the town.
You’ll be blown away by its whitewashed façade and charming conical rooftops. It’s worth stepping inside to check out the Greek cross floor plan and collection of stunning frescoes.
9. Parrocchia Santi Medici Cosma e Damiano
The Parish of Santi Medici Cosma e Damiano was built in 1882. It’s pretty different from the rest of Alberobello’s architectural landscape.
As a result, it isn’t usually included on a typical tourist itinerary. But it’s totally worth seeing if you appreciate gorgeous frescoes, religious artwork, and European-style basilicas.
The off-white and almost sandy façade contrasts beautifully with the typical white houses that you’ll find scattered throughout Alberobello. And if you step inside, you’ll uncover a painting of Madonna di Loreto that’s proudly perched on the altar.
If you visit the façade at night, you’ll also get a beautiful photograph of the clocktower all lit up!
10. Eat in a trullo restaurant
If you’re starting to work up an appetite as you hop between the trulli, it’s probably time to stop for a bite to eat.
There are a few good trullo restaurants around town, but I’d stick to these three if you want to avoid overpriced (and sometimes not-so-tasty!) food.
Trullo dei Sapori Alberobello
Trullo dei Sapori Alberobello is open between 12-3 pm and 7-10:30 pm every day of the week except Tuesday, making it an excellent place to stop for lunch or dinner.
I recommend ordering a portion of orecchiette with turnip tops (it’s their bestselling dish!). But a portion of bombette (little meat rolls cooked on a barbeque) is unlikely to disappoint, either.
La Nicchia Alberobello
La Nicchia is considered one of the best restaurants in Alberobello. It’s the place for regional pasta dishes, uber-cheesy pizzas, tender meats, and delicious seafood.
The ambiance is warm and welcoming, but it’s the rustic trullo feel that’ll have you coming back for seconds.
It also helps that the restaurant is typically buzzing with locals, which is always a sign that the food is top-notch.
Il Pinnacolo Alberobello
Il Pinnacolo is my favorite place to visit in Alberobello for its antipasti, regional wines, and a taste of the fabulous flavors that define the Itria Valley.
It feels way cozier than La Nicchia, and you can even request a table that’s tucked inside one of the trullo archways if you want to fully embrace the local architecture.
If you’re visiting during the summer, there’s also a stunning terrace perfect for a quick aperitif.
11. Take a cooking class
If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the trulli streets, why not take a cooking class inside a local home?
You can learn to make orecchiette, the typical hear-shaped Apulian past, and some other regional dishes.
Where to eat in Alberobello
There’s lots to love about Alberobello’s food scene, but you have to focus your taste buds on a few traditional treats while you’re in town.
Zampina (typical Apulian sausage flavored with cheese, breadcrumbs, and herbs) and bombette di carne are two meaty dishes that will satisfy any carnivore.
But orecchiette con cime di rapa, focaccia, cavatellucci ai frutti di mare (fresh pasta with seafood), and burrata (a mozzarella filled with stracciatella cheese and cream) are also must-try items that won’t disappoint.
If you’re on the hunt for Alberobello’s most glorious brunch, then you’ll find it at Così Com’era. The restaurant is light and airy, relying on zero-mile fruit, local yogurt, and homegrown eggs for the freshest flavor possible.
This place works hard to recreate an authentic experience, so you can expect seasonal ingredients and old-school cooking methods to make an appearance.
Oh, and if you have sweet teeth, you need to order one of their fresh bakes before leaving!
Focacceria La Lira
Oh man, I couldn’t talk about where to eat in Alberobello without mentioning Focacceria La Lira. This place serves the most delectable puccia that I’ve ever tried (and I’ve been to its birthplace in Salento!).
If you’re wondering what this food is, it’s an authentic Italian street food made with pizza dough and wood-fired to perfection. It’s basically a panini filled with the most delicious local produce.
I’ll usually order one of their classic focaccias, but you can push the boat out with their hybrid “Focapizza” or “Provatella” if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you love cheese, you must visit Caseificio Artelat for the best cheese in town. This professional dairy has been manufacturing artisan cheeses for over 40 years. Everything’s always fresh, made the traditional way, and oh-so-creamy.
I still drool about the next-level burrata I tried the first time I visited Alberobello.
I physically can’t visit Alberobello without picking up a Pasqualino sandwich at La Pagnottella. It’s not quite Alberobello’s signature sandwich, but it’s been a total staple since appearing on the scene in 1966.
It’s usually filled with tuna fish, capers, salami, and cheese, which might sound gross. But I promise that it’s a glorious, salty sensation that continues to impress locals and visitors alike.
If you’d like to delve deeper into the history behind this bumper deli sandwich, give this article a quick read!
I’m always down for a trip to Martinucci pasticceria for a sweet treat.
This spot on Via Monte San Michele serves everything from vegan cheesecakes to gelato and the most delicate pasticciotto ( a traditional sweet pastry filled with cream that is a must-try).
I’ll usually take a seat here to rest my legs, but you can easily get your goodies to go if you’re in a time crunch!
Where to Stay in Alberobello
Sleep in A Trullo
If you’re only planning to visit Alberobello once in your life, you need to sleep in a trullo.
I always recommend Romantic Trulli on Via Monte San Michele 64 to couples as it retains the trullo feel but offers all the top-tier amenities you’d want from a luxury stay (hello, air conditioning!). If you’d like to avoid the queues for food in town, you can also take advantage of the kitchenette and stunning patio.
For something more budget-friendly, I Trulli Del Nonno Michele is a 3-star delight that’s just 10 minutes from the center of town. It boasts an outdoor swimming pool and BBQ area, but it’s the free onsite parking that’ll push you to book!
How to get to Alberobello
After arriving in the province of Bari or Brindisi, you can rent a car from the airport and drive down to Alberobello. This is by far the easiest way to travel here, as it takes just over an hour if you zip down SS172.
It’s not difficult to drive down from Bari airport, but you’ll want to find parking near Rione Monte if you plan to check out the capital of trulli.
Don’t worry, though; I’ll cover parking in more detail later!
I recommend getting the train if you’re not hiring a car, as the journey shouldn’t stress you out too much. The trains run from Bari Centrale every 2 hours or so, and you can check the details on Trenitalia.
The total time from Bari to Alberobello (with a change at Putignano!) takes around 2 hours. Still, you can cut your journey time if you’re traveling from Locorotondo or Martina Franca, which are just 15 minutes away.
You’ll want to hop on the bus that runs directly from Bari. A company called Ferrovie del Sud Est e Servizi Automobilistici runs a bus every 4 hours from Bari Largo Sorrentino, and it costs just €3 for a trip.
If you happen to be traveling from Locorotondo, you can get on one of the FSE buses that are relatively quick.
But if you’re planning to get to Alberobello from the airports, hiring a car or getting the train will be way quicker and more pleasant.
If you’re planning to get to Alberobello relatively early, the “Nel Verde” parking area has a daytime rate of €4 and is just a few meters from Rione Monte.
There’s also an independent parking service (Viale Indipendenza Parking) near Aia Piccola or the Alberobello Parking Downtime, which both charge €6 for the entire day.
If you’re in doubt, you’ll find public parking lots near the trulli, which are identified by blue stripes on this handy map.
These areas are typically dedicated to tourists and cost €6 on a pay-and-display basis.
Honestly, you can probably cover Alberobello in a few hours. This will depend on when you’re visiting during the year, as the peak season is typically much busier.
But you can enjoy the best of the trulli in a single early morning or after the tourist crowds have left in the evening.
If you want to grab local products and spend a few hours strolling, you might want to dedicate a full day to Alberobello.
For decent weather and thinner crowds, April, May, June, September, and October are the best months to visit if you appreciate the classic Mediterranean climate (without the rain!).
Timewise, you really need to get here early to enjoy a relaxed stroll through the streets. And by early, I mean before the other tourists arrive!
For this reason, I usually suggest staying overnight in a trullo and getting into town before 9 to take photos before the streets get sardined.
There you have it: the ultimate guide to one of the most beautiful villages in Puglia!
As you can see, Alberobello is an incredibly unique village that should be on anyone’s list of dream destinations.
And hopefully, this deep dive should help you cover Italy’s famous trulli district with a spring in your step!
If you’re looking for more information on this area of Puglia or want to share your travel experience, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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